Solitary Ranger, the NSW Government’s largest offshore patrol vessel, was seen sailing along the Camden Haven River off the North Haven Breakwall.
The $ 3.3 million rigid-hull inflatable operated by the NSW Department of Primary Industries impressed local boaters as it passed on Wednesday, November 3.
The 20m-long vessel was originally named and launched at Coffs Harbor in August last year by Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall.
“The Solitary Ranger is used in a range of activities, including ocean patrols, surveillance activities and targeted operations,” said a spokesperson for DPI.
“It plays a vital role in preventing illegal fishing and protecting aquatic resources, including fish habitat, and ensuring that we have sufficient fish stocks for present and future generations in NSW.
“The ship is equipped with state-of-the-art scientific equipment and can accommodate 16 people on board at any time.
“It is capable of covering over 1,000 nautical miles of coastline and primarily patrols the north coast of New South Wales from Tweed Heads to Sydney.
“As part of ‘Operation Ascend’ which began the last school holidays, DPI Fisheries is stepping up boat compliance patrols of recreational and commercial fishermen.”
The Long Range Patrol Boat is considered the largest and most technologically advanced vessel available to the NSW DPI Fisheries Compliance Team.
He undertakes operations to break illegal fishing from Sydney to the Queensland border and to Lord Howe Island using the latest mapping and surveillance equipment, including infrared cameras.